Newcastle United 'to make late move' for Inter Milan youngster as Eddie Howe continues summer business
Newcastle are aiming to bolster their squad in the coming weeks of the transfer window
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Newcastle United have set their sights on a teenage talent from Inter Milan in the final few weeks of the window. The Magpies have already strengthened the first team squad with the signings of Sandro Tonali, Harvey Barnes, Tino Livramento and the imminent arrival of Lewis Hall.
These signings have been made to improve squad depth in all areas as the Toon bid to challenge on all fronts both in Europe and domestically.
But Eddie Howe has not just focused on the present with his summer business and he has also added Gambian youngster Yankuba Minteh to the ranks and he will spend next season out on loan with Feyenoord.
Howe is determined to unearth the best young talents in world football at an early age and the latest potential signing could be Irish winger Kevin Zefi. Claciomercato report that the Magpies are on the verge of sealing the deal for the 18-year-old, who hasn't trained with the Inter under-19s since rumours over the switch to Tyneside emerged.
Who is Kevin Zefi?
Kevin Zefi is an 18-year-old winger who currently plays for last year’s Champions League finalists Inter Milan. Zefi was born and raised in Dublin and he was a member of the youth setup at the Republic of Ireland’s most successful team Shamrock Rovers.
Zefi rose to prominence when he was just 15 years old, whilst playing for Shamrock Rovers II and he became the youngest ever goalscorer in the League of Ireland. The winger's impressive form earned him international recognition and Zefi has represented Ireland at Under 15, Under 17 and Under 19 level.
The teenager’s main attributes are his pace, natural ability on the ball and a daring eye for goal. Shamrock’s head of the academy Shane Robinson explained: “Kevin is that type of player that catches the eye easily - he backs himself 100 percent in possession of the ball. He has a lovely balance and uses his body very well to protect the ball.”
Zefi completed a move to Inter Milan in the summer of 2021 and he has impressed in his appearances for the club’s academy team. He is yet to make an appearance at senior level for the Italian giants.
If the move is successful Zefi would join fellow teenage talents Lewis Miley and Jamie Milley in the Newcastle setup. He would also add to the existing cohort of ones to watch, which also includes Australian prodigy Garang Kuol and Gambian prospect Yankuba Minteh.
Newcastle have shown that they are not afraid to promote from within their youth team set up and many more youngsters will hope to follow the path set out by teenage star Elliot Anderson last season.